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|Humor: Saban's reaction|
I thought it was kind of humorous when Alabama kicker Cade Foster kicked off at the start of the second quarter and kicked it out of bounds, giving LSU the ball at the Tiger 40-yard line.
Humorous because Nick Saban did not throw his headsets, Saban did not get in Foster's face, Saban actually had very little reaction.
And no wonder. LSU's offense had been non-existent despite great field position -- again!
I was ready to blow a fuse after the first two series.
You stop Alabama to start the game on three plays and after a 28-yard punt take over the Alabama 43 following a nine-yard return by Patrick Peterson.
What follows is a 3-yard run by Stevan Ridley, 3-yard run by Ridley, then they call a pass from Ridley, but Terrance Toliver was covered and Ridley smartly tucked it and lost four yards.
That would have been a great call on first down, but why do you call it on third down? Ridley played quarterback at Trinity and can throw the football. LSU ended up punting and this time Kelvin Sheppard intercepted a Greg McElroy pass after a great play by Tyrann Mathieu to cause the deflection.
So LSU has it at the Alabama 35 and here goes Spencer Ware for no gain, Russell Shepard for three yards and a five-yard pass from Jordan Jefferson to Richard Murphy.
Josh Jasper hits the field goal to put LSU up 3-0.
That's great, except the opportunity to be up 14-0 or 10-0 was blown in a big way.
And, meanwhile, LSU continues to run the option with Jefferson that goes no where.
Only LSU's outstanding play on defense keeps those missed opportunities from backfiring.
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